The annual conference, part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, is a chance for Northwest theatre students to immerse themselves in drama. Students attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design. The regional festival includes schools from Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
In addition to attending workshops, some Linfield students competed at the festival. Senior Matt Loehrke of Kent, Wash., sophomore Amy Heidrick of Weston, Mo., and 2001 graduate Jeremy Hamilton of Fairfield, Calif., competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Hamilton's set design for "The Diviners" was also considered in the design competition, as were senior Kate Kauffman's mask designs for "Transfiguration." Kauffman, of Waldport, tied for first place in the Northwest Allied Arts category.
In addition to the student involvement, Linfield faculty also participated in the conference. Ted deChatelet, adjunct professor of theatre, served as a judge in the quarter final round of the Irene Ryan Competition and Janet Gupton, assistant professor of theatre, offered two workshops. Ty Marshall, professor of theatre, and Robert Miller, technical director and instructional associate, also participated in the conference.